As a high school or undergraduate Geography or Earth Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching topics such as Hazards, and Disasters: Natural and Man-made.

This lesson plan allows students to understand how the melting of polar ice due to climate change can result in an increase in sea levels globally.

Johnstown Flood of 1889 USA

The activity will also allow students to examine real data on sea-level rise, determine the reasons for climate change-related flooding, and visualize the effects of such flooding on vulnerable coastal regions.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Geography or Earth Sciences.

Grade Level: High School, Undergraduate
Discipline: Geography, Earth Sciences Topics:

  • Hazards, Disasters: Natural and Man-made
  • Sea-level Rise
  • Floods
  • Melting of Polar Ice due to Climate Change Climate Topic:
  • Climate and the Atmosphere
  • The Greenhouse Effect Location: United States, California
    Languages: English

Learning Outcomes

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  • describe the relationship between climate and the cryosphere, and the possible impact of an increase in average global temperature on sea levels
  • explain sea-level rise and the reasons for the rise
  • discuss the factors that determine the vulnerability of coastal regions to inundation caused by rising sea-levels